Winona B. Sanders, 94, of Bridge City, passed away on June 2, 2020, in Groves. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 7, 2020, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Ed Rawls of Silver Oaks Baptist Church in Mauriceville. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., prior to the service, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Carthage, Texas, on May 14, 1926, she was the daughter of Mr. Birdwell and Marie (Getty) LaBay, along with the man who raised her, Arch LaBay. Winona proudly owned and operated Merle Normans in Bridge City for 36 years. She was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star, and faithfully served her Lord at Silver Oaks Baptist Church in Mauriceville where she taught vacation bible school until she was 86 years old, and remained devoted to her church family even into her later years. She enjoyed gardening and took great pleasure in spending time with her grandchildren. Winona was a wonderful mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed for generations to come. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Carl H. Sanders; father, Mr. Birdwell; mother, Marie LaBay; the man she considered her father, Arch LaBay; son, Carl H. Sanders, Jr.; great-grandchild, Chloe Sanders; sisters, Geraldine Hardy, and Oneida Wullschleger; and brothers, Dorman Birdwell and Bobby LaBay. She is survived by her sons, Steve Sanders and wife Melinda of Orange, Wenden Sanders and husband Sherman Gregory of Missouri City, and Malcom Sanders and wife Tamaiba of Spring; grandchildren, Jill Sanders Carpenter Mahan and husband Ryan, Josh Sanders and wife Lindsay, Aston Sanders Aune and husband Tyler, Amy Sanders Martin and husband Kyle, Malcom Sanders, Winona Sanders, Danielle Sanders and Shonna Hunt; great-grandchildren, Colby Carpenter, Carsen Carpenter, Caryss Carpenter, Sam Mahan, Max Mahan, Judd Mahan, Sage Sanders, Beau Sanders, Stevie Sanders, Addie Sanders, Olivia Aune, Samuel Aune, Evangeline (Eva) Martin, Lillian Martin, Kristen Martin, Shelby Skinner, Cayden Sonnier, Nathan Hunt, Lila Oxford and Quinton Oxford. Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons, Josh Sanders, Colby Carpenter, Sage Sanders, Tyler Aune, Ryan Mahan, and Kyle Martin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Silver Oaks Baptist Church at 16460 FM 1442, Orange, Texas 77632.
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